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2:30 PM ET, January 20, 2019

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NBC News:
Giuliani: Trump Tower Moscow negotiations ‘as far as October, November’ 2016  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, says that negotiations over Trump Tower Moscow likely went up to the 2016 election, during an interview with Meet the Press.
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Washington Post:
Inside the Mueller team's decision to dispute BuzzFeed's explosive story on Trump and Cohen  —  When a BuzzFeed reporter first sought comment on the news outlet's explosive report that President Trump had directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, the spokesman for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III treated …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani: ‘So What’ If Trump Talked To Cohen About His Testimony  —  The president's attorney said on Sunday that it's possible the president spoke with his former attorney Michael Cohen prior to Cohen's congressional testimony.  —  Gideon Resnick  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney …
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Giuliani Says Talks for Trump Tower in Moscow Lasted Through 2016 Election  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said on Sunday that discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow lasted through the November 2016 election, months longer than previously confirmed.
Discussion: Vox, The Guardian and emptywheel
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were ‘active’ throughout 2016 election
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘100 percent certain’ on Trump-Cohen
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
Adam Forrest / The Independent:
MAGA hat boy's mother blames ‘black Muslims’ for her son harassing Native American man  —  Parent claims musician ‘drummed in his face’ while ‘black Muslims yelled profanities’  —  The mother of a boy filmed harassing a Native American man along with his friends at a rally in Washington DC has blamed …
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Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
The Catholic Bonfire At The Stake  —  Good morning from Dublin.  It is really interesting to observe US public controversies from outside the American bubble.  I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump says he's willing to give ‘amnesty’ in ‘much bigger deal’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  TODAY is the second-year anniversary of the Trump presidency.  —  SHUTDOWN ... DAY 30 ... WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP offered yesterday cannot be rationally viewed as the way to end this standoff.
Discussion: The Week
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, Explains What His City Stands For  —  [Please see Updates at the end of this post.]  I don't know who the young man in the MAGA hat in this photo is.  And I don't care to know.  —  His name, which the internet will inevitably turn up, really doesn't matter.
Washington Post:
‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump defends immigration proposal against ‘amnesty’ criticism from conservatives  —  President Trump early Sunday sought to sell his new immigration proposal, which includes funding for a wall along the southern border and extended protection for certain immigrant groups, amid pushback from Democrats and hard-line conservatives.
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
GOP senator: Trump's ‘straw man proposal’ not meant to become law  —  A Republican senator who encouraged President Donald Trump to pursue a compromise with congressional Democrats to end the partial government shutdown described the White House's offer this weekend as “a straw man proposal” that is not intended to become law.
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Trump offers to limit his border wall to strategic locations  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should give serious consideration to the settlement proposal that President Donald Trump made in his televised address from the White House.  —  Her objection all along has been to building …
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
‘I would not rule out a wall in certain instances’ …
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Los Angeles Times:   Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse
Washington Post:
The man who stood behind Trump  —  After his laugh was heard around the country, Joe Davidson is wondering: “I'm a good person.  Isn't that what people say about me?”  —  A man on his way to see President Trump was speeding along a two-lane highway when his phone rang.  —  “Yes ma'am . . .”
Hannes Grassegger / BuzzFeed News:
The Unbelievable Story Of The Plot Against George Soros  —  The glass tower that houses George Soros's office in Manhattan is overflowing with numbers on screens, tracking and predicting the directions of markets around the world.  But there's one that's particularly hard to figure out …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Only with Nancy’: How Schumer and Pelosi stuck together on the shutdown  —  A few days before Washington staggered into what would become the longest shutdown in U.S. history, Chuck Schumer received a request from Donald Trump.  —  The president wanted the Senate minority leader to visit …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
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Gabby Orr / Politico:   Mark Meadows, Trump whisperer
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Trump's Slippage in Support is Real  —  The president is losing support—not just among independents, but from his evangelical and white-male base, too.  —  The veteran and shrewd New York political operative Bruce Gyory, who's always worth listening to, writes:  —  Wanted to drop you a note.
CNN:
BuzzFeed editor and reporter defend scoop  —  Ben Smith and Anthony Cormier say they are confident in their disputed reporting about President Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.  “This will be borne out,” Cormier says.  —  Source: CNN  —  Ben Smith and Anthony Cormier …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
This Year Looks A Lot Like The 1976 Democratic Primary.  What Does That Mean For 2020?  —  Over the last two weeks, Beto O'Rourke has dropped a series of statements with a floating vibe.  —  This kicked off with a Facebook live in which he and friends discussed the history of El Paso …
 
 
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
How far can the U.S. really retreat from the Middle East?
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
Dreamers call Trump's offer to extend DACA for border-wall funding unacceptable
Discussion: Splinter, IJR and Townhall
The Week:
A vulture swoops down on Gannett
Axios:
Trump is so obsessed with cable news that his staff prints off chyrons to show him post-speech
Bloomberg:
Trump-Kim February Summit Expected to Take Place in Vietnam
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Seeking Help, Family Breaks Silence on American Missing in Syria
Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Blackface video roils elite Brooklyn private school
 Earlier Items: 
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian offensive against rebel enclave more likely after al-Qaeda-linked fighters take control
Yaniv Kubovich / Reuters:
Russia Says Israel Behind Thwarted Attacking Targeting Airport in Syria's Damascus
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren's Early Stroke of Genius
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
‘I will stand up for what I believe in’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95
Discussion: Power Line
Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Speech